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Friday, September 29, 2006

Four changes and a wedding

I have noticed that over the few years, government service have actually improved! Usually, you need to wait for hours to get a number. Then you wait a few more hours for your number to get called. Then you wait for an hour (ok, this bit is exaggerated) for them to complete the service you want, be it to renew your passport, change your Identification Card (IC), etc...

What used to take weeks or months (like getting a new IC) now takes maybe a day or a week. Impressive. This is what I call change for the better!

However, the same can't be said for the private sectors. That's really strange cause it used to be that when you privatise something, they usually become efficient and fast. Maybe times have changed.

Now, it takes me an hour to do my banking (take number, wait for turn, wait for officer, etc). I know we have 24 hours cash machines, etc... But there are somethings you just can't do with the machine like get a Fixed Deposit, argue for discounts, etc... It still takes eternity to buy stamps (and it takes twice as long for your recipient to get your snail mail).

Nobody likes to wait these days. Everyone wants everything YESTERDAY.

When a website takes a long time to load, I usually just hit the STOP button and click BACK. Or I just go somewhere else to look for information.

This is partly why I have also changed the looks and feel of this site. I've removed most of the images and rely mainly on CSS. But since it is hosted on blogspot, it means that the individual pages become bloated (with CSS codes). However, I know there's still a lot that can be done to reduce the number of line of codes. Changes will come.

When a person hits 30, they start to realise that things are NOT the same anymore. Suddenly, you realise you're an ADULT. You have got to think about loans, mortages, family, career, mortality... The thinking starts to change. You become more responsible. You become more serious (since you should never treat life as a joke!). Still, life is short. No one said you cannot be serious and enjoy life, right? So more funny, witty posts will be coming soon!!!

And did you know that it takes less than 30 minutes to change your marital status from SINGLE to MARRIED? I don't mean unchecking the box and then checking on the other when you are trying to complete an online form. I mean legally in Malaysia. Of course the whole process will take about slightly over two weeks since the law requires that the marriage announcement be placed on a public notice board for a minimum period of two weeks (actually, this is another interesting topic that I will blog about another day). This is to allow people to protest against the marriage, if any.

The 30 minutes involve you raising your right hand, saying 'Yes' and then signing the papers. You can actually complete it is less than 15 minutes.

OK, so what about the wedding and who's wedding is it?

Well, the wedding is definitely coming. It is in November. And it is MY wedding. :)

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On 9/29/2006 03:52:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said:
Yes, yes... Now I see where da whole blog thing is going to...

Tahniah, congrats, kong hei my friend for your recent upgrade from bachelor status to mas... I mean slave! *grin*

Looking forward to be your front line heng tai in Nov!
On 10/01/2006 08:18:00 AM Anonymous Pheng Chew said:
Congratulations Adrian on the next step in life!

I happenned to drop by your blogsite via the Seaport site and saw your happy news (call me nosy :). Hope to see more postings on the run up to the big day.
On 10/01/2006 12:37:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
hello pheng!!!

nice to hear from you. yeah, i do keep my blogs up to date... :)

watch out for more... some dry stuffs, some witty and some will be food-for-thought.

how's life on your end?

dean, no worries... u'll be front line, alright... :)
On 10/02/2006 11:29:00 AM Blogger Phenom said:
Congrats bro... can't wait till we all have kids, and our kids fight it out in the next magic block.. hehehe
On 10/02/2006 12:28:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
phenom... u not even married and wanna talk about kids?!? go get married and then come back and we talk...

heh heh... i m now at new level. can afford to talk like that liao... hahaha...
On 10/03/2006 04:19:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said:
Hey there, wish I could attend the wedding. Damnit you had to have it in November! >_<

I'm sure it would have been heaps better if I was there ;) but then again, I hope it'll be a beautiful one. Yunno, the kind you'll never ever forget?

Congratulations to you and your bride.

xxx Pamie
On 10/03/2006 07:24:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
pamie... we can still meet up and have another dinner when u come back!!! :)

when ru coming back... xmas time? heh heh... if so, maybe can exchange cassette though i will need to:
- find a tape recorder
- find and buy a cassette player

hahahaha...

as for the wedding itself, well, i'm glad to have so many hengtais and good friends helping me out! :)

it will definitely be a beautiful and memorable one. will post pix here when the time comes.
On 10/11/2006 05:53:00 PM Blogger Jojo said:
i burst out laugh when i think we experience the same in the same yr, yea it takes only 30 mins to finish the process... where did u register? tien hou temple?
On 10/12/2006 09:12:00 AM Blogger adriantai said:
jojo...

i registered in Putrajaya... it is a nice place to be in and the queue is not too long. we're lucky to be able to register there. seems u must be within a distance from putrajaya to be able to register there.

you leh?
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